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Fully 80% of the guitars returned requiring repair have damage which is the result of severe dehydration… —Larrivee

I started Guitar Humidor™ after an unsuccessful search for a product to do what Guitar Humidor™ does today. That is to provide protection while keeping the guitar close and convenient.
—Kevin Mahanay, founder


Information you need to know

If you have made it to this site you are probably aware of the dangers of guitar dehydration and perhaps are fully knowledgeable of the in-home risks to your instruments. If you have any doubts, please read the Humidity and Your Home section of this website. It might save you from an unfortunate experience.

My personal experience

Guitar manufacturers warn that guitars should be kept in the range of 45 to 55% RH and avoid quick changes in RH or temperature. Unfortunately when I began to move up to better equipment I was not aware that a properly humidified home would not provide this safe environment and that it could be dangerous for an acoustic instrument. I had mistakenly thought that the central home humidifier would be adequate, but I now know that by design a properly humidified home will drop quickly to below 30% RH perhaps even down to 15% relative humidity in cold weather. As a result of these low humidity levels I had severe and permanent dehydration issues with two instruments.

Guitar Humidor™ is founded

I looked for a solution that would be convenient and yet protect my instrument. As I searched for a solution, I could not find one that met very many of my desired criteria. As a result, I founded Guitar Humidor™ to offer a solution. Here are the criteria for the case I was looking for:

Convenient

I felt I should be able to keep the guitar in the room where I wanted it. I knew I would use the instrument more if I was able to do so and I bought it to play – not to sit in the case!

Accessible

If you are using the travel case to protect your guitar, it is probably on the floor or in a corner of the room and you might find you are putting off short play/practice sessions when you guitar is stored this way. Accessible meant keeping the guitar where it was easily reached, not on the floor or in the corner.

Visible

Much of my play time is ad hoc. Seeing the instrument or having it close by invites me to play it; conversely, putting it in its travel case decreases the play/practice time. Also the guitar may be one of your more expensive possessions and therefore should displayed. No case presents a guitar more beautifully than a Guitar Humidor™.

Attractive

A travel case is not attractive and wasn’t designed for in-home use. It is just not the right housing for an expensive instrument indoors. I believe the right solution should look like it belongs in the home or office. When you think about it, there is no parallel to the travel case for in-home use even though an unprotected guitar in the home could be at significant risk.

Humidity control

Guitar dehydration is the reason this effort began. So humidity control was the primary design criteria. The right solution is a case where humidity management is part of the initial design. Plus, the case must be able to replace moisture lost due to having the guitar played versus just stored and displayed. This led us to design our humidification system to match the needs of the case we were building.

The Guitar Humidor

I believe the Guitar Humidor to be the only case designed to protect the guitar during in-home use. With its small footprint, clear lid and integral humidification system, it is convenient, accessible and attractive. It meets all the design criteria we set forth, and most importantly it is a piece of fine workmanship you not only need but will be proud to own and display.

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